I got a ticket in Germany for not paying for a tank of gas. The cashier didn't understand that I had gas to pay for, and just charged us for the snacks I brought to the cashier. I didn't notice the difference, didn't get a receipt, and two months later I get a nasty gram from Germany, alles auf Deutsch, saying I stole the tank of gas and should pay for it, plus a 100 Euro fee! The gas was also exorbitant: 63 Euro.
So, I'm a little embarrassed, but also a bit annoyed. I'd be happy to pay for the gas as a simple mistake, but my bank also charges huge fees ($35) to wire money, which is how the gas station wants their money sent. Plus, I don't think it's fair to charge 100 Euro for something I think is their fault. Not mine.
So, I'm thinking of just paying the for the gas ... just wondering if others have encountered this. I know that a speeding ticket like this is less severe with a similar problem in paying (I've had that happen to me too, and just ignored it) ... but just wondering what they could do if they don't agree voluntarily to waive this fee (I've asked: they refuse, with typical German self-righteousness)?
Thanks for any thoughts ... Dan